National Credential
Credential: Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Identification (IAI)

International Association for Identification (IAI), Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) is aimed at the beginning crime scene investigator who responds to crime scenes as a portion of their full-time job duties by assisting in the basic methodology of completing a thorough crime scene investigation. Eligibility requirements for CCSI include formal education, technical training, experience, two letters of endorsement, and two references. Applicants must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS other          
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS other          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted P7 Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) ASI some          
Enlisted P8 Basic Special Victims Investigator (BSVI) ASI some          
Enlisted Q8 Senior Special Victims Investigator (SSVI) ASI most          Gap Analysis
Enlisted Q9 Traffic Management and Collision Investigator ASI most          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted V5 Military Police Investigation ASI most          
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Association for Identification (IAI)
2131 Hollywood Blvd
Suite 403
Hollywood, FL  33020
Phone: (954) 589-0628
Fax: (954) 589-0657
Contact Page

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

Applicants must be currently employed full-time in an occupation that includes crime scene related activities and have a minimum of one year of full time-employment in crime scene related activities.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 hours of IAI Crime Scene Certification Board approved instruction in crime scene related courses within the last five years.

The Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must be of good moral character, high integrity, good repute, and must possess a high ethical and professional standing.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of endorsement from employers/supervisors or individuals who have knowledge of the applicant's experience as it relates to crime scene investigation.
  • Applicants must submit two references from sources other than those who submitted letters of endorsement. References should be professional colleagues who can discuss the applicant's work experience and performance.

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CCSI certification is renewed every five years by accumulating 80 continuing education/professional development credits, passing a recertification exam, paying a recertification fee, and adhering to the IAI Code of Ethics. CCSI certification holders must also be currently working in the field of crime scene investigation.

    Additional information can be found on the IAI website.